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Common names:
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Botanical names:
Euphorbia cyparissias Accepted
Tithymalus cyparissias Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Plant Height: 9 to 12 inches
Plant Spread: 12 to 18 inches; extremely invasive by very fine, spreading roots.
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Other: In the genus Euphorbia, the flowers are reduced in size and aggregated into a cluster of flowers called a cyathium (plural cyathia). This feature is present in every species of the genus Euphorbia but nowhere else in the plant kingdom.
Flower Color: Other: Yellow aging to red
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Groundcover
Dynamic Accumulator: B (Boron)
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Toxicity: Other: All members of the genus Euphorbia produce a milky sap called latex that is toxic and can range from a mild irritant to very poisonous.
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: Freely self-seeds.
Propagation: Other methods: Other: Rhizomes. Can be invasive.


A Closer Look at Perennial FoliageA Closer Look at Perennial Foliage
By Sharon on June 16, 2013

It's that time of year again: blooms, blooms and more blooms! And every year just like clockwork, we wake up, grab our coffee and our cameras and race to see the newest blooms in our gardens. If there are no new blooms, we drop our heads and slowly walk back inside to wait for tomorrow. But wait a minute; there's something we shouldn't miss! Let's take a closer look at foliage.

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Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Jan 26, 2012 12:35 PM

This is a plant that has both positive and negative characteristics. Its sap is highly toxic and is a skin and eye irritant. It should be handled with gloved hands and with care. It is also quite invasive, spreading quickly with its fast growing runners.

On the other hand it does repel most wildlife and burrowing critters and it is a beautiful little 12 inch tall plant with its cluster of lime green blooms.

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